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Helping loved ones will illness during the holidays

The Alan B Pearson Cancer Center the staff tries to keep things lively during the season -- with the annual Trees of Hope (Dan Palm/WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The holidays can be a very tough time of year if you or your loved one is dealing with a chronic illness.

The Alan B Pearson Cancer Center the staff tries to keep things lively during the season -- with the annual Trees of Hope.

They said it's probably the happiest time of year at the cancer center. Social worker Tammy Anderson said there's something you can do too to lift the spirits of a loved one with cancer or any other chronic illness.

"With the holidays a lot of us like to focus on traditions," Anderson said. "So if you have a loved one dealing with a chronic illness you want to talk with them about what do they want to continue. And how can you help them with that because maybe they don't feel the greatest."

Maybe it's helping to decorate, preparing a meal, or just keeping an open conversation about how they are feeling. Bottom line, consistency is key -- with rest, meals and pacing just like normal.

You could also bring that loved one, or just your family to the Trees of Hope at the cancer center. It's part of the annual fundraiser for the patient support fund.

The money raised by auctioning off the trees and decorations is used to help uninsured or under insured cancer patients get the equipment and medicine they need.

You can check out the trees, and bid on them from 9-6 weekdays. Then there's an open house on December 10th from 1- 4:30 pm for you to enjoy -- even a visit with Santa!

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